ORLANDO, Fla. – A judge in Florida set bail for the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed teenager, setting off a national firestorm, allowing him to be released from jail while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge.
A Florida judge on Thursday granted bond for a second time to George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Bail was set at $1 million.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester had revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during an April bond hearing.
Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't working.
The bail announcement comes soon after a medical report stated that Zimmerman had scalp wounds, black eyes and a broken nose from their altercation
The report was posted online Monday by Zimmerman's attorney as part of his effort to get the former neighborhood watch volunteer released from jail while he awaits trial in Martin's February shooting death.
The documents include witness statements and law-enforcement interviews with Zimmerman. The medical report says the doctor recommended Zimmerman visit an ear, nose and throat specialist, but he declined.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara estimated that he submitted about eight to 10 hours of material for the judge to review during last week's bond hearing.
According to a physician's report dated Feb. 27 in nearby Altamonte, the reason Zimmerman sought the doctor's visit was to obtain a note to return to work. Zimmerman's head lacerations didn't require any stitches, and he didn't complain of any slurred speech or dizziness.
The report also describes Zimmerman's demeanor less than a day after the encounter, noting he "admits to occasional nausea when thinking about the violence last night, but denies abdominal pain."